FF Pickups WEEK 8


With “What Would Jones-Drew” going down with looks like a multi-week injury, and the RB1A (Howell) in the doghouse in the desert, There are a couple of “must-adds” for week 8. Here are some players that might still be available in your league that you should consider picking up, followed by a great recipe for down home Texas BBQ chicken.



Week 8 Pickups (by position)



Josh Freeman

If he is available in your league and your backups are signal callers such as, Locker, Bradford, Kolb, Vick, Sanchez, and Palmer, you need to consider Josh. The last two weeks he has looked everything like a QB1, and his matchups week 15 & 16 (FF playoffs) are tasty. Why not roster him and wait and see.




Rashad Jennings

Early reports are that MJD will not play this upcoming week. Jennings is the clear backup in Jacksonville, so he will inherit the load. Last week he tallied more than 100 yards in total offense while scoring a touchdown, proving that the Jaguars have confidence that he can be the full-time back. Jennings is without question the top player to pull off waivers this week and will step in to be a fantasy starter as long as MJD is out.


La’Rod Stephens-Howling

Just as quickly as the Cardinals moved away from William Powell, so are we in the waiver wire business. An early fumble put Powell in the sideline doghouse, and LSH responded in a big way. He got hot, stayed hot, and the Cardinals went with him the entire game against Minnesota. When the game was over, he had 149 yards in total offense, a strong day for a guy not expecting to get that much action. This is a fluid situation, and will likely be a “hot hand” type of scenario.


Phillip Tanner

Two words, fragile felix. With Murray most likely out again this week, tanner may score you some points when the inevitable happens with jones.


Jonathan Dwyer

Mendy is no lock to start for the STEELERS in week 8 and hasn’t shown that he is completely healed from his ACL tear late last season. Dwyer chalked up 122 yards on 17 carries on Sunday Night. Worth the speculative add.



Andre Roberts

He’s been pretty solid all year. Roberts had 16 points on 9 targets against Minnesota in Week 7, playing on 75% of the Cardinals offensive snaps.


Stephen Hill

Hill is the best Jets receiver and biggest playmaker. He led all Jets receivers in Week 7 snaps. Hill is a great play this week at home against Miami.


Santana Moss/ Leonard Hankerson

With Pierre Garcon expected to be out at least 3-4 more weeks, Moss will be seeing more action come his direction. The goal line was his specialty in Week 7, as two of his three of his catches went for scores. He is averaging around 60 yards receiving in the last three games. Hankerson played in 97% of the Redskin offensive snaps and emerged with 8 targets 70 yards. Respectable numbers.


Nate Washington

He led the team in offensive snaps and targets as well as posting a touchdown in Week 7. It looks like the Titans are sticking with Hasselbeck for at least one more week, which is great news for Nate. One of the safest bye-week plays you can make. The Colts come to town in Week 8 for a great matchup.


Darrius Heyward-Bey

After a disappointing return in Week 6 where he was held without a catch, Heyward-Bey responded with a strong Week 7 against Jacksonville. He caught four passes for 85 yards while drawing the start opposite Denarius Moore.


Cecil Shorts

He has three 12 point games this season. Shorts played 97% of the offensive snaps in Week 7 and registered 79 yards and 1 touchdown.


Titus Young/Ryan Broyles

Nate Burleson is out for the season. This opens the door for Young and Broyles. The latter hauled in his first NFL pass and TD. Working out of the slot, the NCAA’s leading receiver showed the moves that impressed the Lions enough to select him in the second round of this year’s draft. The Lions are a prolific passing offense, and the loss of Burleson translates into more looks for him and Titus. Young had a nice game of his own last week, and in fact, I drafted him this year. He has long been dropped and if I had to pick one of these WRs going forward, I like Broyles.



Dustin Keller

The Jets don’t have many weapons and this is why Keller was the star last week against New England. Seven catches for 93 yards is good production out of your TE position. He makes for a good bye week injury fill in, not much more. He gets the dolphins this week who have not allowed a TE to score at all this year, so keep expectations lower.





Down Home Texas BBQ Chicken

A spicy dry rub is the secret to the Texan flavor and this one comes from Galveston. Remember not to put the sauce on before cooking, as the long grilling will burn the sugar, instead brush some on the last 5 or so minutes.


4 Chicken quarters


Galveston Dry Rub

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Mustard Powder
1 ½ tsp grated lemon zest
½ tsp ground cayenne
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp crumbled bay leaf


Mix together dry rub ingredients. Rub the mixture over chicken and let stand atleast one hour or overnight in the fridge. Cook the legs and thighs over medium-hot coals for 10 minutes. Add breasts and cook for another 15 or until bronzed but not charred. Test with skewer, the juices should run clear. Baste with BBQ sauce, char slightly, and move off direct heat for a couple of minutes while you get your platter. Let stand then eat.


Texas BBQ Sauce

1 onion, coarsely ground
3-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Ketchup
¼ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
2-3 dried Chipotle peppers
1 cup beer, plus extra if needed
1 cup water, plus extra
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp mild red chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin


Mix together the onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, beer, water, cumin, salt and pepper and half the vinegar.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until it forms a thick sauce. If the sauce sticks or threatens to burn, add more beer and water. When the sauce is thick and flavorful, add the rest of the vinegar.



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